Ali, 26, is from Gaza, Palestine and earned his BA in English language and literature from Al-Azhar University. He is currently studying for his Master's degree in digital humanities and societies at Hamad Bin Khalifa University (HBKU) in Doha, Qatar. However, he says he was shaped significantly by his year studying abroad in Chicago, Illinois, USA, during his undergraduate years. His time in America had a significant influence on his personal and academic development. The long-lasting relationships he built with his teachers and peers continue to serve as a wellspring of inspiration as he explores new emerging global modes of communication and expression.
Ali is a writer and the former partnerships coordinator for a non-profit youth-led writing organisation called We Are Not Numbers. He considers himself a dreamer and a tea-and-book enthusiast who is Palestinian by blood, yet American in spirit. He is also a digital humanist, youth leader and ambassador who utilises digital tools and modalities to engage with youth and the global “other” in pursuit of understanding. Ali believes that the secret to happiness is helping others.